If individuals could make children's worlds free of racism Jane Lane would have done it. In writing this book she challenges everyone to make a difference, to take a personal responsibility to understand and act to prevent discrimination on the basis of racial difference.
This important book is for everyone who is concerned about the future of our world and who believe that the bedrock of social justice and equality lies in the early years. It should be read by everyone who works with or for young children and their families. Young Children and Racial Justice gives us a basis from which to consider the future - anyone concerned to promote peace, justice, and love in society should read this and heed its lessons.Professor Cathy Nutbrown, Director of Research, University of Sheffield, School of Education
The book is written for those who train, advise and support those working with children and families. It begins with a powerful poem by Benjamin Zephaniah which gives a recipe for 'The British'. This sets the scene with a positive message. The whole book has a 'can do' feeling threading through.
The first chapter examines what we mean by words such as prejudice and discrimination. The next looks in detail at racism. This is followed by a look at how children may learn racial prejudices and the wider aspects of racism. The case studies are helpful. For example, one explores how we can prepare ourselves so that we avoid making negative assumptions. Another shows how staff can encourage budding friendships between parents with different backgrounds.
There is a section which demonstrates how racism also damages white children in a number of ways, including compromising 'the possibility of their making a full contribution to society in the future.
The book shows the lessons we can learn from the past. Although there is much to do, it shows the progress made which is helpful and positive. It helps the reader to think about racial equality, and how to develop race equality schemes and policies. There is practical advice about how to counter racism and how to deal with racist incidents. This chapter is invaluable.
The last two chapters give information on legislation for racial equality and set out the Government requirements and policies for racial equality. They are essential resource and reference materials.
Every trainer, tutor and adviser, or leader of any team in the early years should have and read and act on this book. It speaks to the heart, and it helps you to think and do.Professor Tina Bruce, CBE
Young Children and Racial Justice, is a key text to inform and promote discussion about equality for all children and families. It offers a range of thought -provoking examples set in a legal, policy and social context, it is essential reading for students, practitioners and managers in early childhood services.
The text discusses current examples from contemporary society in an open and honest way, raising an awareness of the subtle ways in which inequality is perpetuated. Using a wide range of real-life case studies, Jane Lane encourages the readers to reflect and challenge themselves by considering their own personal and professional impact
This is an excellent, well-written and long-awaited text. A must for students and early years practitioners alike.
This impressive tome is clearly the product of many years' hard work and dedication to this area of concern. It seems truly comprehensive on first reading and has left me with no gaping omissions or oversights to report. I would say it is accessible to all in approach and style of writing while at the same time rigorously researched and referenced. It is full of useful information, ideas and strategies for dealing with discriminatory practice and creating spaces where openness and acceptance underpin everyday thinking and practice.
Every politician, local councillor, chair of governors, headteacher, setting manager and practitioner (to mention but a few) should have a copy of this book. The values of equality and fairness, as illustrated so effectively in this publication are essential ingredients to any self-respecting person or environment that is connected with young children.
The essence of this book seems to me to be about making the unfamiliar familiar in a caring sensitive way, by helping people to understand what it is that makes us feel good about ourselves and each other.
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